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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Public Art Call, MA

Request for Qualifications,$325,000 Public Art Commission, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
Deadline 06-22-2015

Cambridge Arts in Cambridge, MA is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating temporary site-responsive public artwork(s) of variable duration. The site will be a newly constructed King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper Schools in East Cambridge, to be completed by 2019. The City seeks artists and designers with public art experience and encourages artist-led interdisciplinary teams.  The $325,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, travel, community meetings, fabrication, insurance, transportation, installation, and coordination with City staff.

From this RFQ, four finalists will be invited and paid to submit concept proposals. All finalists will attend a site visit and meet with City staff and project architects before proposal development. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by a Site Committee based on in-person proposal presentations and interviews.

The Site:
The King Open Elementary (JK- grade 5) and Cambridge Street Upper Schools (grades 6-8) are currently housed in one building at 850 Cambridge Street, situated within the city block bound by Cambridge, Berkshire, Willow, and York Streets. Also within this block are the Valente Branch Library (including the Manuel Rogers, Sr. Center for Portuguese Culture), Goldstar Mothers Pool, Frisoli Youth Center, a large playing field, and playgrounds.  While all together these public facilities comprise a hub of extensive informal and formal learning and recreational amenities, the overall new construction project will include only the schools, library, and pool programs. The physical configuration or degree of integration of these three programs has not yet been determined, but it is anticipated that the new public art project will focus on the schools, each of which are anticipated to have separate entrances and identities.  The original King Open School was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and both current school programs are guided by a mission of social justice, inclusivity of all learning styles, and connection to community.  The neighborhood in which these programs are situated is a combination of dense residential streets and a vibrant, eclectic commercial avenue of many independent businesses.

The Artist Selection Process:
•         Artists/teams submit qualifications in the form of images of previous work and biographical information online (see below)
•         An Art Jury will select 4 finalists who will be paid $2,000 each to create a proposal
•         Finalists visit Cambridge for a site visit with architects, community members, and City staff
•         Finalists develop proposals
•         Finalists present proposals to the Site Committee, which will select one artist/team to be awarded the $325,000 commission

June 22, 2015                                     All Electronic Submissions due
Mid July 2015                                     Notifications of finalists sent
Late July 2015                                    Finalists site visit with architects and City staff
August 2015-January 2016            Proposal development by finalists
Late January 2016                            Finalists present proposals to Site Committee
Early February 2016                         Announcement of final selection
2016 – 2019                                         Artwork Development and Implementation
Summer 2019                                    Artwork Installation

How to Submit:
Submit images of past work and biographical information at http://cac.slideroom.com 
Registration is free and easy – upload digital files of work samples and complete a form of information.  Upon registration you will be considered for the King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper School Project as well as all future public art commissions administered by the City of Cambridge.

For more information about Cambridge Arts programs please visit www.cambridgeartscouncil.org.  For technical support using Slideroom, please e-mail support@slideroom.com. For other questions please contact Cambridge Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher at jgaucher@cambridgema.gov; 617-349-4388.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Greater Portland Landmarks Job

Greater Portland Landmarks seeks a Director of Advocacy (FT) 
Deadline 06-10-2015

The Director of Advocacy works closely and collaboratively with the Landmarks Executive Director, Board and staff to design, implement and execute a comprehensive advocacy program to save and revitalize historic properties and areas that exemplify the historic character of Greater Portland, and to achieve the goals and objectives of Landmarks’ strategic plan.

Duties include developing strategies to address a wide range of preservation issues, projects, and initiatives, including rehabilitation of historic buildings, designation of historic districts and landmarks, saving endangered properties, and increasing public awareness of issues related to historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and parks.

The Director of Advocacy develops background information, talking points, position papers, testimony, and public presentations to communicate Landmarks’ advocacy positions at a variety of community meetings, gatherings, and events.  In addition, s/he convenes major stakeholders, including property owners, developers and city officials, and engages allies and affiliated organizations to preserve historic properties and to enlarge the constituency for historic preservation.

The Director of Advocacy is an optimistic team player with excellent interpersonal and communications skills, who will represent the organization well and can galvanize community support for a wide range of historic preservation initiatives in the Greater Portland area.

Job Duties:

Prepare and execute the annual work plan for advocacy to engage community leaders, stakeholders, and citizens to save and revitalize at-risk properties and areas through advocacy, publicity, partnerships and preservation expertise.  Working closely with the Executive Director and the Advocacy Committee and in accordance with the Board-approved advocacy policy, prioritize current issues and recommend advocacy positions on specific issues.  Responsibility includes developing communications strategies for each major issue and coordinating related public education initiatives and website and social media outreach with the Manager of Education Programs and Office Coordinator, respectively.

Working closely with the Executive Director and Advocacy Committee and in accordance with the Advocacy policy, develop background information, talking points, position papers, testimony, and public presentations to support prioritized advocacy issues,  preservation of Places in Peril listees, and a strong and adequately-funded City of Portland Historic Preservation Program.  Evaluate and recommend opportunities for involvement in Greater Portland communities.  Engage with private owners, developers and appropriate local governments in the early stages of a project with an impact on historic properties and areas. Communicate Landmarks’ advocacy positions at a variety of community meetings, gatherings, and events, and to the press, in order to influence historic preservation projects and issues.

Working closely with the Office Coordinator, help keep the website and social media current by providing timely advocacy content updates.  Recommend preservation resources and links to relevant information to include on the website.  Refer individual requests for preservation advice, assessments, products and services to the website, preservation/trade show directory, and/or qualified providers.

Be familiar with and advocate for use of preservation strategies such as local historic district and landmark designation, National Register listing, preservation easements, adaptive use, historic preservation tax credit incentives, and historic preservation ordinances and land-use planning techniques.  Understand and be able to communicate the parameters of preservation regulations, including Portland’s historic preservation ordinance, Section 106, and others.

Manage Places in Peril, a biennial listing of major and modest endangered properties in Greater Portland, including soliciting nominations, conducting the selection process, and developing and implementing a communications plan for the program, working closely with the Executive Director.  Supervise the Endangered Properties Intern, who assists in all aspects of the program.

Work closely with the Director of Development, Executive Director, and members of the Board to create and grow an Advocacy Fund to support essential preservation actions, such as research studies, public relations, and legal advice, and other activities as determined.

Work with municipalities, private groups and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to survey and identify historic resources and pursue National Register and/or local designation of historic districts and landmarks. Supervise and train interns and/or volunteers to assist with surveys, and coordinate with sub-contractors as needed.

Maintain mutually supportive relationships with local preservation allies, neighborhood organizations, Maine Preservation, Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Organize an annual gathering of Greater Portland preservation allies for organizational updates and advocacy briefings and respond to requests for assistance on advocacy policy.  Participate in advocacy on local, state, and federal issues, including sustaining tax credit and other incentives for historic preservation.

Develop the case for the positive economic, social and cultural impacts of historic preservation in Greater Portland, using local, regional, and national studies, and supporting local data and photographs to use in a broad range of advocacy with political leaders and the press.

Monitor Landmarks’ 14 easement properties with the assistance of interns and/or volunteers.

Review historic marker applications for compliance with historic preservation standards.

Serve as liaison to the Advocacy committee.  Assist in implementation of major Landmarks initiatives, including the Old House Trade Show, the Preservation Directory, the awards program, the annual meeting, and external communications tools including the website, Landmarks Observer newspaper, and e-news.


Three to five years of strong and broad historic preservation experience and knowledge; Master’s Degree or equivalent in historic preservation, planning, or public policy and administration preferred;
Experience in historic preservation, community economic development; public policy advocacy and community revitalization desired;
Excellent human relations skills and the ability to work collaboratively as well as independently with a wide range of individuals and community groups as necessary, to maintain productive relationships with multiple stakeholders, and to mobilize groups of people to be effective in supporting preservation goals.
Strong written and oral communications skills and experience in public speaking required, with ability to communicate preservation concepts and regulations to lay audiences;
Excellent organizational skills; ability to meet deadlines and work successfully with multiple and competing priorities; strong analytical and problem solving skills;
Proficient in computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and social networking media;
Self-starter, a highly motivated and energetic person who can quickly and accurately assess and understand preservation issues, draw upon other resources as needed, and work with staff and board leadership to develop informed and effective strategies that are tailored to the particular circumstances of a wide range of issues of varying complexity and sensitivity.
Willing and able to attend evening meetings on a regular basis;
Passionate about the mission of Greater Portland Landmarks and being part of a team working toward the collective success of Landmarks in the community.

To apply please submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing example to: hbassett@portlandlandmarks.org with subject line Director of Advocacy.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Bucksport Arts Festival Call

Registration is open for the 1st Annual Bucksport Arts Festival
Deadline 06-01-2015

Registration has officially opened for the 1st Annual Bucksport Arts Festival to be held Saturday, August 15th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the Bucksport waterfront. Artists and craftspeople of all kinds are encouraged to apply, and can do so online at bacasmaine.org or by mail. The registration fee is $60 for a 10'x10' booth space. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the event is full. 

The event is being organized by the Bucksport Area Cultural Arts Society (BACAS), an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the cultural and performing arts for Bucksport and surrounding communities.

The Bucksport Arts Festival is one of many new events planned for summer 2015, all part of a collaborative effort among BACAS members, residents, and the Town of Bucksport to develop a new vision for the community and welcome visitors to the downtown and waterfront.

For more information, visit www.bacasmaine.org or contact Lyndsey Marston at 3leggeddogink@gmail.com or 207/852

VISTA Outreach Coordinator

ArtVan is seeking an outreach coordinator
Deadline 05-29-2015

ArtVan is hiring a VISTA Outreach Coordinator to work with us beginning July 7 with a four-day pre-service orientation in Boston. The position is part of the Goodwill VISTA Partnership, a statewide AmeriCorps VISTA program that builds capacity and sustainability of nonprofits to reduce poverty in Maine communities through indirect service.

ArtVan is a mobile arts therapy organization based in Bath, Maine whose mission is to provide a creative and collaborative environment to encourage youth who have little or no arts access to fully express their imaginations, relationships and experiences within themselves, among their peers and across our communities. We bring arts to the people in our colorful painted van to those who have the least amount of social services, after school and summer activities available to them. For more information about the organization, visit http://artvanprogram.org.

The ArtVan VISTA Outreach coordinator will gain incredible experience in volunteer development, monitoring/evaluating program impact, digital media strategy and fundraising. The ArtVan VISTA Outreach Coordinator will get hands on experience working in a small grassroots nonprofit. Responsibilities include:

 Coordinating volunteers and design volunteer management systems:

Recruitment of program and outreach volunteers.
Design and lead volunteer orientation for outreach and program volunteers.
Track and analyze volunteer participation.
-       Planning and executing community-wide outreach and fundraising events:

Coordinate outreach events about ArtVan’s work and about the art therapy field; coordinate local fundraising events open to the public.
Foster current relationships with local businesses and donors, as well as network to create new partnerships.
-       Implementing a new monitoring and evaluation effort for all programs:

Aggregate qualitative and quantitative data recorded by program staff.
Follow up with partner organizations to get feedback on program services.
Produce monthly and end of year program evaluation report for public dissemination.
-      Designing and implementing digital strategy for ArtVan

Maintain Facebook account; create and maintain Twitter account
Update programs and events news on website
Through this position, the VISTA Outreach Coordinator will make a positive impact on youth communities in Maine and will help to break the poverty cycle by raising awareness about ArtVan’s work, improving organizational systems and securing funds to keep the arts rolling.

For full application details and to apply for the position, see here: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=60388&fromSearch=true

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Creative Health Conference

University of Southern Maine Creative Health Conference
Event Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Creative Health Conference is open to healthcare professionals, therapists, caregivers, and self-advocates. Presenters are certified art, dance, and music therapists who will share their work, research, and philosophies about the creative arts therapies in a variety of populations: trauma, dementia, brain injury, oncology, and depression, among others. Join us for a day of information and inspiration.


Tickets are $35, with a discounted rate of $25 for USM students.

Location = Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Contact Name= USM Music Box Office
Contact Phone= USM Music Box Office, (207) 780-5555
Contact Email:= larsenault@usm.maine.edu

Check-in and coffee from 8 - 9 a.m., registration includes lunch and an afternoon snack.

Register for the conference by purchasing a ticket at www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice

Hearing impaired: call USM's telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BalletX Mentorship Fellowship

BalletX new initiative to provide mentorship and choreographic experience to emerging artists
Deadline 07-15-2015 

The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship will provide a selected choreographer with the opportunity to work under the guidance of world-renowned choreographer and mentor Trey McIntyre. During the months of January and February 2016, the selected fellow and  McIntyre will work side-by-side on a world premiere ballet to debut during the Winter Series 2016 program during BalletX’s 2015-16 tenth-year anniversary season.

The  fellowship will provide a $5,000 choreographic fee for an ensemble ballet utilizing the company’s ten dancers; round-trip transportation to Philadelphia, and accommodations, and per diem; a budget of $7,000 for costumes, scenic design, and music (original composition or rights); and a minimum of six performances of the new work at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from February 10-14, 2016.

To be eligible, applicants must be available for the entire duration of the residency; have completed their first commission on a professional dance company within the past five years; have never choreographed on BalletX; be able to work in the United States for the duration of the residency; and be at least 18 years of age. In addition, a $25 application fee must be paid when the application is submitted.

Visit the BalletX website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships

Vermont Studio Center offering 50 fellowship awards 
Deadline 06-15-2015

The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 50 fellowship awards for visual artists and writers.

  • 5 Pollock-Krasner Fellowships for visual artists of outstanding talent
  • 4 Windgate Craft Artist Fellowships for visual artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood (includes $1000 stipend)
  • 3 James Merrill Poetry Fellowships for outstanding American poets with demonstrable financial need (includes $500 stipend)
  • 2 Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowships for artists and writers who are raising children (one 4-week residency award that includes a $2,000 stipend & one 2-week residency that includes a $1,000 stipend)
  • 2 NEA Social Practice School Arts Residency Fellowships for socially-engaged visual artists (includes $500 stipend)

Plus the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship, VSC/Cave Canem & VSC/Kundiman fellowships, the Mountain State Fellowship for artists & writers from West Virginia, 25 VSC Fellowships open to ALL, and more!

For a complete list of available fellowships and eligibility requirements, visit:

Apply online at vsc.slideroom.com

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEFA Creative City Grants

New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City grants for Boston 
Deadline pending 

NEFA is pleased to announce the launch of Creative City, a three-year initiative that will make grants to artists to create works that integrate public participation.

Creative City will support individual artists, artist collectives, and artistic collaborations in all disciplines and with roots in diverse cultures, forms and aesthetics. The design of Creative City was informed by conversations with community-based artists, curators, producers, and presenters from across Boston, as well as a national review of artist support programs and creative place-making.

In its pilot year of grant-making, from May 1, 2015–April 30, 2016, Creative City grants will support up to 25 artist projects with a grant amount range of $2,500 – $10,000 for artists who reside in the city of Boston to create and produce projects taking place across the city of Boston. In addition, a stipend of up to $2,500 will be available for community partners to offset presentation costs; partners may have different relationships to the project place, such as business owner, community development organization, City Hall agencies, nonprofits, schools, among many other possibilities.

Complete information at:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Craft Research Grants

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design offers Craft Research Grants (Opened May 4) 
Deadline 10-09-2015

The mission of the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design is to advance the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, scholarship, and professional development. The Center’s programs strive to support the best examples of research and practice in the field; it provides funding for several categories of grants as well as fellowships and museum internships.

  • Project Grants: Grants up to $15,000 for research, writing, support documentation, images or rights to use images or text, as part of the research yet to be completed.
  • Exhibition Research Grants: Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded to support exhibition research relating to the goals of the Craft Research Fund. 
  • Graduate Research Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 support research related to a Master's thesis or dissertation relating to U.S. studio craft by students enrolled in graduate programs in any accredited college or university. 
  • Travel Grants: $500 travel grants are awarded to individuals invited to read papers relating to U.S. studio craft at any scholarly conference.
  • To support innovative research on artistic and critical issues in craft theory and history.
  • To explore the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture.
  • To foster new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field in the United States.
  • To advance investigation of neglected questions in craft history and criticism in the United States.
Proposals are welcome from academic researchers, independent scholars and graduate students.  General overhead (indirect administrative expenses) is not eligible for university-based projects.  No capital equipment purchases are eligible for support. This grant program is not about the creation of artwork. 

Applications for the 2015 Craft Research Fund will open online May 4, 2015 in SlideRoom. Only online applications will be accepted. Please note there is a separate application for each category.

Center for Craft, Creativity and Design
1181 Broyles Road, PO Box 1127
Hendersonville, NC 287939
Phone: (828) 890-2050
Fax: (828) 890-2060
Email: info@craftcreativitydesign.org
Website: www.craftcreativitydesign.org


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rhode Island Sea Grant

The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant Rhode Island seeks applicants
Deadline 05-29-2015

Established in 1988 to encourage New England professional visual artists to address the issues of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities. Grants are intended to assist individual and collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered. A total of $3,000 in grants is awarded annually.

Applicants Must Submit:
A maximum of ten (10) digital images of recent work.
- Digital entries should be saved in RGB color Mode, in JPEG file format, and be readable by Apple Macintosh platforms. (Zip large files, folders of images and docs.)
- Each digital image should be approximately 1024 pixels on it's longest side (in width or height), and be no larger than 3MB each.
- Save the file name of each image as follows: " image number_your initials_brief title.jpg " ( for example: 01_VLM_seashore.jpg, 02_VLM_seaweed.jpg )

Videos: include the web address if your video can be viewed on your website, YouTube or Vimeo.

Include the following four (4) documents in pdf or .doc form (file names should include your name and resume, imagelist, etc):
1. A current 1-page resume. (include all contact information)
2. A list of your images on 1-page: identify each work with file #, title, date, medium, dimensions
3. A brief statement, outlining the objective of the proposal, relevance of the work to ocean environments, and the relationship of the proposal to your past work.
4. An Itemized budget including: supplies, services and support personnel.

- Email all entry attachments to: visualartsseagrant@gmail.com (Email subject line --your name and SeaGrant2014)

- Or, send "Dropbox" entries to: visualartsseagrant@gmail.com (a free Dropbox account is available at https://www.dropbox.com/ ) (View a "Dropbox Tutorial" on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_ZvB0GE5_A )


Friday, May 22, 2015

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship

Aaron Siskind Photographer's Fellowship award
Deadline 05-29-2015

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is accepting applications for its Individual Photographer's Fellowship program.

The annual program encourages and celebrates artistic achievement in contemporary photography by supporting the creative endeavors of artists working in photography and photo-based art media. A limited number of fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to artists working in photography and photo-based art.

Qualified applicants must provide a portfolio of still photography in or created by any subject matter, genre, or process. Works submitted may be traditional photography projects or experimental works, but photographic techniques must be pivotal to the work submitted. Examples of ineligible work include film, video, and interactive multimedia.

Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium. Fellowship funds must be used to further the artist's creative endeavors. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Previous fellowship recipients are not currently eligible for a new award, and artists in the United States on a temporary visa are ineligible as well.

There is a $15 entry fee.

More information at: http://aaronsiskind.org/grant.html


Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEFA Creative Communities Exchange

New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Communities Exchange conference registration
Event Date June 2-3

The Creative Communities Exchange conference (CCX) is a peer-to-peer exchange of the strategies used in successful creative economy initiatives around New England. Register today to join your peers at this biennial networking event for New England leaders engaged in cultural economic development. CCX 2015 kicks off at the Keene State College Young Student Center on Appian Way at Blake Street, Keene, NH. Registration is $100.

There will be:
1. Workshops--Where else can you learn about arts and transportation planning, festivals as business development for new Americans, and creating relocatable art urbanism?
2. Networking--Swap business cards with leaders from arts, local government, urban planning, and economic development.
3. Large group sessions--Discuss why and how to evaluate your creative economy project with foundation and government funders.
4. Celebrate the creative sector--Meet National Endowment for the Arts chair, Jane Chu and see who gets surprised with NEFA's Creative Economy awards!
5. Keene--Hear how strong partnerships renovated the downtown and visit surrounding villages for fun events.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Americans for the Arts Survey

Americans for the Arts survey for local arts agency information
Deadline, unknown 

Americans for the Arts has launched the data collection effort for the 2015 Local Arts Agency (LAA) Census. This research study is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The comprehensive survey is designed to benchmark the financial health and programmatic trends of the richly varied, highly diverse, and extremely important work of the nation’s 5,000 LAAs and the communities they serve.

Every LAA that participates in the Census will receive a new “Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts” infographic poster. Three participating LAAs will be randomly selected to receive a free community visit from Americans for the Arts' CEO or a Vice President—a full day to support your organization, speak with local arts and community leaders, present to elected officials, and help you advocate on behalf of the arts and culture in your community. The Census will require a significant investment of 60-120 minutes to fill it out completely.

The findings from the Census will benefit the participants and the entire LAA field in multiple ways:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts will use the findings to ensure that its grantmaking programs are aligned with the work of the LAA field.
  • Americans for the Arts will use the findings to ensure that our programs and services are well aligned with the needs of the LAA field.
  • It will provide facts and figures at your fingertips. We'll provide participants with access to all of the findings and the reports—both the numbers as well as examples of leading-edge work being done by LAAs all across the country.
  • We will stratify the findings by various groups and publish anonymous sortable and filterable data, allowing LAAs to compare themselves to similar peer organizations.

What is a Local Arts Agency?

  • LAAs are called by many names—Councils, Departments/Divisions, Commissions, Alliances, Funds—and many don’t even have the word “arts” in their name.
  • LAAs can be government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private community organizations, public-private partnerships, or can utilize other legal structures.
  • LAAs can also be programs or divisions that operate under the umbrella of a parent organization or agency.
  • LAAs can even be one person who fills the role of the LAA for their community (e.g., a staff member in a Parks & Recreation Department who dedicates at least some of his/her time to supporting the local arts community).
  • Some communities have more than one LAA.
  • LAA operating budgets range from $0 to more than $150 million.
  • Many LAAs have at least one full-time paid staff. Others are managed by volunteer staff. And some are operated only by a president or a board of directors.

If you fit the criteria, please take the survey!

I you have other questions contact Local Arts Agency Services Program Manager Theresa Cameron by phone at 202.371.2830 or at tcameron@artsusa.org.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Peaks Island Fund

Peaks Island Fund call for grant applicants 
Deadline 06-01-2015

The Peaks Island Fund benefits the community of Peaks Island and its residents by supporting the work of local nonprofits and responding to the emerging needs of the island and its residents. Local residents evaluate grant requests to determine how the funds will be distributed. They also monitor the pulse of the island to determine other needs that should be addressed to better the future lives of island residents. Learn More.

The fund advisors are especially interested in funding projects that focus on efforts to bring Peaks Island residents together. The intent is that the relationships formed will provide the context for long-term conversations to enhance life on Peaks.

All applicants must meet the Maine Community Foundation’s general grant eligibility requirements. In addition, please note that grants cannot pay for program expenses that have already been incurred.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Peace Corps Design Competition

Peace Corps National Design Competition Call for Entries 
Deadline 06-12-2015

The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation announces an open, two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in Washington, D.C. The commemorative work will honor the American ideals expressed and embodied in Peace Corps service. The competition provides designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling, truly unique commemorative work of public art that is bold and inspirational.

The site for the commemorative work is a prominent parcel of federal parkland located near the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Grounds, the National Mall and Washington's historic Union Station.

The competition is open to artists, landscape architects and architects competing as individuals, teams or firms. Students currently enrolled in university-level programs are also eligible.

To learn more about the commemorative work and the design competition, to pre-register (without obligation), or to sign up for updates, visit www.PeaceCorpsDesign.net

AACTFest 2015 Design Exhibit & Competition

American Association of Community Theatre, 2015 Design Exhibit & Competition call for entries
Deadline 05-31-2015
Event dates 06-23-2015 to 06-27-2015

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
30 N Division Ave
Grand Rapids, Michigan  49503-3192
United States

Put your work on display at the National Level The AACTFest 2015 National Design Exhibit & Competition recognizes the importance of designers to the success of theatre productions. AACT member theatres and their designers may enter.

Designs will be on display in the upper lobby of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (AACTFest 2015 production venue) starting Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 27. Festival participants and community residents will have plenty of time to enjoy the work of your designers.

Questions: contact the AACT office
at 866-OurAACT (627-2228) or info@aact.org


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mosher Short Fiction Prize

Hunger Mountain has a call for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize
Deadline 06-30-2015

An annual contest for short fiction. A chance for your fiction to be read by Hunger Mountain editors and guest judges!One first place winner receives $1000 and publication! Two honorable mentions receive $100 each, and are considered for publication. $20.00 entry fee for each entry.

Please enter one original, unpublished story under 10,000 words.  Your name and address should not appear on the story; we read contest entries blind.

Hunger Mountain
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Email questions to hungermtn@vcfa.edu

Complete information at:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Do Something Grant

Do Something Youth Community Seed Grant
Deadline: Open

Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something every week to help young people! These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.

Steps to Apply:
Create a Project Posting for your existing project.
Check out our Judging Criteria for help with your application.
Fill out an Online Application.
Check out the FAQ if you have more questions

A budget detailing how the $500 will be used
A recommendation from a non-family member

More information at:

Apply at:

Friday, May 15, 2015

Awesome Foundation Grant

Awesome Foundation, Grant, $1,000 grant award every month for awesome projects
Deadline- Open

 Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn't be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don't want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!

he Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.

 More information at: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/
Labels: Craft, Film, Literary, National, Performing Arts, Visual Art

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Waterville Opera House Seeks Program Director

Waterville Opera House seeks to hire a full time programming and marketing director
Deadline 05-31-2015

The Waterville Opera House is an 800 seat performing arts venue in Central Maine. This position would initiate and manage performing arts programming in house. The manager would develop and execute web and social media content, create event marketing strategies, drive attendance and create and maintain an annual calendar of events.  Other duties include contract management for rentals, promotions, business collaborations and ongoing communication with outside agencies to bring artists to the Opera House.


  • 4 Year college degree in business, marketing, communications, writing or a related field.
  • 2+years of experience in arts marketing or management
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to establish and manage priorities and drive projects to completion
  • Adobe Photoshop, In Design and Illustrator a plus

Please send cover letter and resume to: Waterville Opera House 93 Main Street Waterville, ME 04901 email: operainfo@operahouse.org


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Libra Foundation Grant

Libra Foundation grants for arts, education, health, community
Deadline 05-15-2015

Applicants are asked to complete a two-paged application in accordance with the Foundation's guidelines, both of which also may be obtained from the Foundation by contacting the Foundation. Materials should be sufficiently complete to enable the Foundation to weigh the merits of the request in comparison to others the Foundation receives. Generally the Trustees do not meet with applicants; however, if questions arise, the Trustees may wish to arrange a meeting.

An organization which receives a grant from the Foundation is expected to submit a report on completion of the program, and, in some cases, a progress report. If an organization's grant proposal is denied, it should wait one year from the date of notification before reapplying. Similarly, an organization which has received a grant should expect to wait at least one year after receiving a grant before submitting another application.

Please direct inquiries, letters and grant requests to:

Libra Foundation
Three Canal Plaza, Suite 500
P.O. Box 17516
Portland, ME 04112-8516
(207) 879-6280


Topsham Public Library Seeks Development Coordinator

Topsham Public Library seeks a part time development coordinator (20-25 hours per week)
Deadline 05-15-2015

The Topsham Public Library seeks a part time development coordinator. Responsible for working with Library Director and Board of Trustees to execute fundraising events and programs, including creating a fundraising calendar, grant-writing support, and administrative support for fundraising campaigns for the Topsham Public Library. Start date June 1, 2015

Qualifications and Requirements of Work:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the development profession
  • Proven experience in applying this knowledge to increase both the number of donors and amount of donations
  • Knowledge about the role of public libraries in the community
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in an administrative position, preferably in a non-profit development office 
  • Familiarity with SalesForce and Microsoft Office a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Send resume and salary requirements by, May 15, 2015 to: Susan M. Preece, Director email: director@topshamlibrary.org Topsham Public Library 25 Foreside Rd. Topsham Maine 04086

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Songwriting Competition

Annual USA Songwriting Competition seeking submissions 
Deadline 05-29-2015

Since 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition®, the world's leading international songwriting event, has been honoring songwriters, composers, bands, and recording artists everywhere. This is open to all, regardless of nationality or country origin.

*Winners are selected by a Blue Ribbon committee of music industry judges including record label publishers, producers, A&R from Universal Music, Warner, EMI, Sony Music, and other distinguished professionals. This is your chance to be discovered by the biggest names in the music business!

Our competition offers a shot at the big time for songwriters, original solo artists, and bands everywhere around the world. For you it is the contest that might just open the right doors, make the right connections and get your songs heard. Winning songs receive radio airplay! (the first for any songwriting competition!).

This is not American Idol - this is the professional songwriting competition that offers winners the clout that it it takes to really make it!

Radio Airplay!
Grand Prize of US$50,000 in Cash & Merchandise!
15 different categories
Winners Will Be determined by Top Music Industry Pros*



Davis Educational Foundation Grant

Davis Educational Foundation Grant
deadline 05-15-2015

The Davis Educational Foundation does not use a pre-proposal or letter of inquiry process but will respond to questions in advance of a submission. Applicants are urged to make such contact to the program staff well in advance of the proposal submission deadline. Please coordinate submissions through your development office.

Eligible institutions meet the following conditions:

  • Are public or private.
  • Are regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree granting.
  • Are located in one of the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
  • Are single institutions or consortia of eligible institutions.
  • The foundation uses the Carnegie Foundation basic classification to determine eligibility of institutions newly-approved to offer the four year degree. A college is an eligible baccalaureate degree granting institution once it awards 10 percent of its degrees as four year degrees.

The foundation’s objectives in making grants are to assist institutions in supporting more effective teaching and learning and/or controlling costs. Examples of funded projects that achieve these objectives include:

  • Projects that improve the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment of undergraduate learning outcomes, faculty development, incentive systems, and administrative structures. Preference is given to projects aimed at strengthening the general education core of the undergraduate experience.
  • Individual as well as collaborative efforts among colleges and universities to reduce costs and improve learning.
  • Studies and planning efforts central to the foundation’s concerns and interests.
  • The foundation is increasing the weight of cost containment in its selection process.
  • Endowments, scholarships, and capital campaign requests are not eligible for funding.

Monday, May 11, 2015

CINARS Showcase Call

CINARS call for IPAY Showcase in Montreal on January 27-30, 2016
Deadline 05-12-2015

CINARS is thrilled to collaborate with the International Performing Arts for Youth association for the coming of the IPAY Showcase in Montreal on January 27-30, 2016. The IPAY Showcase annually gathers more than 400 delegates, presents around 30 performances, in full-length and excerpt versions, and facilitates the touring and professional development of performing arts for young audiences.

IPAY recently launched the call for applications for the Showcase 2016 Official Program. If you create touring work for young audiences, this is your chance to showcase your work to presenters from North America and abroad at the only juried showcase conference dedicated to presenting fully-produced work for young audiences. You can get more information on the selection process by visiting the FAQ section.

IPAY Members: 150 USD
Nonmembers: 200 USD

Apply at: https://iwanttoshowcase.ca/ipay-showcase-2016/

For more information on IPAY membership, visit their website.

Maine State Music Festival Conference

Maine State Music Festival Conference for K-12 music educators 
Event Date 05-14-2-15 and 05-15-2015

All State Music Festival and In Service Conference being held at USM, Gorham campus on May 14 and 15, 2015. The Maine Music Educators invite you to join them and promise that there is something for everyone!

Highlights include:

  • 5 workshops with Christi Carey Miller of Hal Leonard
  • Key note by Peter Boonshaft
  • NAfME Eastern Division President Robert Frampton
  • Exhibits Crawl
  • President’s Reception
  • Workshops about online auditions
  • Director’s Chorus

In addition the conference highlights include the following

  • Performances by the Navy Band Thursday night and the Director’s Chorus and Maine Rock Orchestra Friday night.
  • Maine Music Educator of the Year and Outstanding Administrator will be announced at the President’s Reception.
  • York Treble Choir and Chamber Singers performing
  • Brunswick Concert Band performing
  • Over 60 workshops including 2 workshops by Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Leadership Team member and York High School choral director Rob Westerberg about assessment – Keeping it real and painless :-)!

Call for a hotel reservation today Best Western Merry Manor (207) 774-6151
If you have questions please email them at sbarre@aos92.org or yeomoore1954@gmail.com.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Grants to Green Maine

Maine Downtown Center Grants to Green Maine funds to make historic buildings more efficient
Deadline 06-12-2015

Grants to Green Maine Assessment Applications are for funding energy audits in preparation for larger energy projects. Applicants should submit the Assessment Application and any supporting materials through the online application at the same time.

Implementation Grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000 with a 1:1 match either cash, in-kind or government or industry incentives identified by Efficiency Maine. To be eligible, the applicant must have completed a qualified energy audit and used the results to develop a board approved energy efficiency plan for their historic building.

Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501 c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170(c)(2) and the IRS determination must be current.

More information at: http://www.mdf.org/g2gmaine_overview.php

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Warhol Writers Grant

The Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program call for entries
Deadline: 05-21-2015

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants in the following categories: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. Grants range from $15,000 to $50,000.

Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. For additional eligibility requirements see our guidelines. http://artswriters.org/guidelines/

Art Writing Workshop
In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers ten select applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information click here.

Click here to apply.


Jetwriters Essay Contest

Jetwriters Essay Contest call for entries
Deadline 05-17-2015

Don’t miss the opportunity to receive the evaluation by professional writers and win a cash prize! Winners will be featured on our blog and social media pages.

  • Your submission should be between 800 and 1,200 words and double-spaced
  • Essay should be written in English
  • Submit your work in the following format: Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf), PDF
  • By sending an essay, you confirm that your work is unique and previously unpublished. No plagiarism please!
  • Remember that we accept one submission per participant. No entry fee is required.


  • Education in Digital Age: Opportunities and Threats
  • Creativity In School: How Art Can Be Leveraged
  • Relevance Of Classic Literature For Today’s Students
  • Do Colleges Actually Prepare Students For Successful Career?
  • Writing Essays at College: Why It’s Important

1st place – $400
2nd place – $250
3rd place – $150

Email your essay to contest@jetwriters.com. Include your full name, date of birth, country and college/university name (if any). Subject line should be “JetWriters Essay Contest”. Attach your work and name it according to the topic you have chosen.

Share this opportunity on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and don’t forget adding #EssayContest and #EssayWritingContest.

If you have any questions, send them to contest@jetwriters.com

Complete information at:

Friday, May 8, 2015

PIP Music Grant

Partners in Performance support for rural chamber music projects
Deadline- 05-15-2015

Founded by violinist Midori in 2003, Partners in Performance is a nonprofit organization which co-presents chamber music concerts with the goal of stimulating interest in classical music, specifically in smaller communities outside the radius and without the financial resources of major urban centers. Since its incorporation, Partners in Performance has sponsored 20+ concerts in states from Maine to Washington, with marked impact in the communities.

Partners in Performance accepts applications from January 15th each year, with a submission deadline of May 15.

Please visit the Application Info page to access the forms and guidelines at: http://www.pipmusic.org/app/

Applications will be submitted by email to nathan.j.reiff@gmail.com
Questions may be addressed to nathan.j.reiff@gmail.com


National Book Awards Call

National Book Foundation Call for National Book Award entries
Deadline 05-15-2015

Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.

All books must be published by U.S. publishers located in the United States between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015. All authors must be U.S. citizens. There is a $135 entry fee for each title submitted. Accepted forms of payment include PayPal and credit card. Please be prepared with payment information before you begin the online submission process.

The following are eligible:

  • Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
  • Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
  • Collected and selected poems by one author
  • Books by authors who are living at the commencement of the eligibility year (December 1, 2014)
  • Self-published books, provided that the author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors (Note: the Foundation may request the publisher's catalog to verify this.)
The following are NOT eligible:

  • English translations of books originally written in other languages
  • Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors
  • Reprints of books published in previous Award years. Exceptions may be made for otherwise eligible books published outside the United States in the previous Award year at the National Book Foundation's discretion.
  • Books published through self-publishing services
  • In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, the Foundation will decide whether a book is eligible, and its decision will be binding.
Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment.
Publishers must mail one copy of each submitted book to each of the five Judges in the appropriate category, as well as one copy to the Foundation’s office, to be received by July 1, 2015. All books must be sent via U.S. Postal Service First-Class Mail or Media Mail. Book packages must be clearly marked with "National Book Awards." Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive after July 1.
Bound galleys and bound manuscripts are acceptable if a book has not yet been published. Finished books may be sent to replace galleys and manuscripts when available.
For ebooks, please provide a printed and bound, 8 ½ x 11-inch copy of the book, including publication date information.

Complete information at:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Musician Creative Aging Workshop

The Maine  Arts Commission is hosting a free workshop for musicians working with older populations
Event Date 05-15-2015

The Maine  Arts Commission is hosting a free workshop for teaching musicians. The workshop is co-hosted by 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth and will focus on music instruction with older populations.

The workshop will be from 9 to 4 May 15,  at 317 Main in Yarmouth. Lunch will be provided.

Interested people can sign up a by contacting
Kathleen Mundell, Creative Aging & Traditional Arts Program Director,


This also dovetails into the Maine Arts Commission creative aging program, that is developing a roster of artists that have a skill set with older people.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Humanities Council Seeks Assistant

The Maine Humanities Council is seeking a full-time Development and Communications Assistant
Deadline 05-20-2015

The Maine Humanities Council (MHC) is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that serves the state of Maine. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people in Maine through literature, history, philosophy, and culture with programs, events, grants, and online resources that encourage critical thinking and conversation across social, economic, and cultural boundaries. Our work connects people through the power and pleasure of ideas, reaching audiences of all economic backgrounds in ways that make a significant difference in their lives.

The MHC is seeking a full-time Development and Communications Assistant to provide support for the fundraising and communications efforts of the organization. In that capacity, this individual will assist with responsibilities that include:

  • Performing gift entry and acknowledgement process and assist with solicitation process
  • Assist with prospect research
  • Assist with preparation for and execution of special fundraising events
  • Assist with writing stories for fundraising publications; write blog posts and daily social media posts
  • Assist with board alumni “friendraising” and fundraising efforts
  • Perform website updates and handle social media schedules
  • Draft and send press releases
  • Execute marketing and publicity plans for programs and events
  • Create postcards for MHC events as needed
  • The ideal candidate will have:
  • Excellent organizational, communications, and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to meet deadlines and maintain organized records with high level of accuracy in a fast-paced environment
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Sensitivity to confidential information required
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to adopt different styles depending on needs
  • Proficiency in Microsoft (Word, Excel, Outlook) and database software (Filemaker)
  • Familiarity with content management systems for websites (WordPress)
  • Familiarity with social media and online communication tools
  • Strong interest in the humanities

Basic graphic design skills (Photoshop, Adobe InDesign) and familiarity with an email marketing service (MailChimp) are desired. A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.

The salary for this position is $25,000 with a benefit package.

To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to info@mainehumanities.org.


French-American Jazz Exchange

The French-American Jazz Exchange is seeking  jointly conceived projects by French and American jazz artists
Deadline 05-29-2015

The French-American Jazz Exchange, a partnership of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy, the French American Cultural Exchange, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, seeks to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, music concepts, and professional relationships.

FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. Each FAJE project consists of a lead partner from one country working with a collaborating partner from the other country. Lead and collaborating partners may be either individual artists or ensembles. Projects may take place either in France or the U.S. and their respective territories within a sixteen-month period (September 1, 2015, to December 31, 2016).

FAJE will award grants of up to $25,000 per project.  Funding may be used toward artist stipends, communications, equipment and space rentals, fiscal sponsor fees (if applicable), marketing, project-related agent/management fees, recording and production fees, shipping, travel-related expenses (international airfare, domestic travel, accommodations, and per diem costs), and visa fees.

Additional support will be available to artists who received funding through FAJE for touring in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Presenters in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia will be eligible to receive fee subsidies for booking selected artists funded through the program beginning in the 2015-16 season.

Visit the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website for complete program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application procedures.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Music Therapy Fultz Award

American Music Therapy Association issues call for applications for Arthur Flagler Fultz award
Deadline 05-08-2015

The American Music Therapy Association, a professional association dedicated to the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings, is accepting applications for the annual Arthur Flagler Fultz Award.

The award program is designed to encourage, promote, and fund music therapy research and the exploration of new and innovative music therapy treatments.

1) Clinical research: Grants in this category support projects that are designed to assess the efficacy of music therapy interventions and help define best practice.

2) Health services research: Grants in this category support projects that are designed to assess the role of music therapy practice in the context of emerging healthcare delivery models.

A single grant of $15,000 will be awarded for projects in either of the above categories.

To be eligible, the project’s primary investigator must be an AMTA member in good standing.

See the AMTA website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previous award recipients.


Gardiner Crafts Festival Call

Gardiner Arts and Crafts festival call for exhibitors 
Deadline 05-08-2015
event date 06-20-2015

14th annual Gardiner Arts and Crafts festival call for exhibitorsThe Gardiner Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Water Street 10am - 4pm in the heart of downtown. The street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the day, transforming downtown into a fabulous Arts & Entertainment festival. We invite you to participate in this Maine Arts and Crafts show. Please look over the application and requirements. We assure you the works represented will be original quality work by Maine artists and crafters. We strive to bring you a well-organized, quality show and will limit the number of similar types of applicants/participants to make the show successful and interesting for all.

Complete information at:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Arts Commission Deadlines May 6

May 6 Deadline for Maine Arts Commission Fellowships, Jane Morrison and Arts Apprenticeship grants
Deadline 05-06-2015

Maine Artist Fellowship - Grant award: $5,000
Disciplines include: craft, literary, performing, multimedia/film, traditional, visual, and the Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (available only to artists in Washington or Hancock County)

The Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s prior work. No match is required.

Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund - Maximum grant award: $2,000

The Jane Morrison Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship - Maximum grant amount: $4,000
The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship provides fiscal support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with a qualified apprentice. The master artist and apprentice submit one joint application. The funds support the pair as they work together in one-on-one instructional sessions.

Complete information at:

All Roads Music Panel

All Roads music festival is hosting a panel discussion about professional music in Maine 
Event Date 05-16-2015

Belfast will host the All Roads Music Festival on May 16,  a one-day celebration of indie music featuring some of the most talented music artists from across the state and region. The festival features performances in a variety of genres including indie rock, folk, pop, bluegrass and indie folk musicians, as well as performers from related contemporary genres, such as alternative country, punk and hip-hop.

All Roads 2015 will take place at venues throughout the city of Belfast including the Colonial Theatre, the American Legion Hall, Waterfall Arts and more. The 'State of Maine' music panel will be at the Belfast Free Library and music professionals will discuss the shape of the live entertainment scene in Maine and New England and what it means to create and perform as a musician in the 207.


Tickets on sale at:


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Harpo Emerging Artists Fellowship

Harpo Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Emerging Artists Fellowship
Deadline 06-05-2015

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation's Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years of age or older who needs time and space to explore an idea and/or start a new project. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute that includes a well-appointed room with private bath; a beautiful, well-lit studio space; and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute provides  unique opportunities for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports over fifty residents per year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates  ideal working conditions for resident artists. Living and studio space is located within a nearly 17,000-square-foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. The unique SFAI environment allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at the institute.

One fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website.

Link to Complete RFP

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Free Comic Book Day Today!

Free Comic Book Day 2015
Event Day, Saturday May 2nd!

Celebrate and discover the amazing world of comic books on Free Comic Book Day! Taking place annually on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Find a shop near you at:

Student Film & Video Festival

Maine Student Film & Video Festival is accepting submissions
Deadline 06-01-2014

The 38th annual Maine Student Film & Video Festival is accepting submissions for its 2015 competition. The Festival is open to Maine residents 19 and younger in grades K-12. The submission deadline is June 1, and there is no entry fee to participate, according to a news release from the Maine Film Center.

Student submissions are judged on the basis of originality, content, style and technique, and are reviewed by the following divisions: preteen, (grades K-six), junior (grades seven-eight) and senior (grades nine-twelve). For group productions, the age of the oldest authoring member of the group determines in which division the movie will be judged. There is no age limit for actors, documentary subjects or musicians who may appear in the production. All film genres are accepted, including animation, documentary and narrative.

For more information, including the online submission form, visit

Friday, May 1, 2015

Maine Pottery Weekend

Maine Pottery Weekend 
Event Date 05-02 2015, 05-03-2015

Every year on the first weekend in May, pottery and ceramics studios across Maine open their doors to the public. It's a fun day and a chance meet the artists, peek in the kilns, see demonstrations, and shop for pottery and other handmade goods.

Full information at:

Call for Ceramic Artists

Call for Ceramic Artists for Exhibition at Harlow Gallery
Deadline: 06-15-2015

Open Call for Maine artists working with ceramics. The Harlow Gallery is seeking submissions of ceramic work, both utilitarian and sculptural, for an exhibition entitled "Fired Up" on view July 31 through August 22, 2015. Submissions will be reviewed by a curatorial committee to include MCA member Barbara Loken of Loken Pottery, Allison McKeen of Harlow Gallery + MCA and Marie Sugden of MCA.

For more information on the "Fired Up" exhibition, eligibility, + submission process visit Harlow Gallery's website: